Tribute to Gabby
A Real-Life Heroine!
I am Laura AKA Gabsmom and have been a diabetic
for the past 6 years. I am insulin dependent and after the birth
of my second daughter Gracie, I have lost most of the usual
warning signs for hypoglycemic episodes. My husband works in
the evenings a lot and I am home with my two beautiful daughters.
This story is about the quick thinking and what I consider heroic
measures that my daughter Gabby took to save her mommy's life.
I went into the kitchen to get the girls their night sippy and
bottle. I started feeling weird and remember sitting down on
the kitchen floor. Sean was not at home and I recall Gabby coming
in and asking me what was wrong. Several weeks before we had
a discussion about when to call 9-1-1. I told her that if Mommy
(or Nana or Aunt Rachael--all diabetics) ever acted weird and
did not answer her or looked like she was asleep when she shouldn't
be, to call 9-1-1. Gabby knows that I am a diabetic and knows
some of these warning symptoms.
My brave little 5-year-old knew immediately what
was wrong. She went into the fridge and grabbed a jar of peaches
and tried her hardest to open them and couldn't so she gave
them to me with a spoon. Needless to say, I could not talk,
or move anything. I felt like I was watching a movie in slow
Gabby then got the cordless and handed it to me. We managed
to hit the redial button and my sister's cell phone was the
last number we called. She got her on the phone and my sister
(also diabetic) knew immediately what the problem was. Gabby
sat on the floor with me and kept Gracie (then 10 months old)
with us. She also went and unlocked the door for my sister.
My sister gave me 2 cans of mountain dew and a banana and I
was still only in the 60's I believe. I must have been extremely
Gabby didn't remember 9-1-1, but was sharp enough
to call someone. She was visibly scared, but kept her cool. I
am so proud of her. In my opinion she is my little hero and without
her, I may not be here today.
Unfortunately, Gabby knows a lot about diabetes. She has grown
up around it and often asks me if I need something. We are so
proud of her and know that she will make an amazing mother herself
someday. I pray that she never has to experience diabetes, but
if she does, I know that she will be able to handle it. She really
is an amazing, bright and compassionate little girl. I am truly
blessed to be her mother.
Gabby recently started kindergarten this school year. She also
takes jazz and acrobat. Her favorite color is white and her favorite
food is buttered rigatonis. She absolutely loves playing with
her stuffed animals (especially cats), coloring, and reading.
She has one dog (Hunter) and 4 cats (Kaysey, Katie, Chase and
Milo). She also has a 1-year-old sister Gracie.
Written October 2004 by Laura